Last day in Branson, we got out of there quick.

Branson was an alright town, it wasn’t bad, but wasn’t a place I’d want to come back to unless I’m 90 or I’m coming to Silver Dollar City. The gluten free scene is non-existent and the overall quality of things is eh C-, I’d rather splurge on Vegas and get the same thing. But driving back we found an awesome little Lake Shop called Fergusons that had some awesome food.

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Fergusons was an excellent little stop, who would have thought. (no cell phone service here).

+no gluten free bread or menu

Headed back to Little Rock from Branson we got quite hungry and wanted to find somewhere to stop and eat, sure enough we passed this place and said hmm let’s turn around and check it out. It reminds me of a place back in Texas you hit up before you float the river with a very homey vibe and gives you a sense of adventure.

The service was not bad, the restaurant is real small and has a bunch of flea market same stuff you find at any gift shop kind of stuff to buy. The food however was excellent, I’m not sure if everything is homemade but it sure seemed like it. I got a burger with no bun/fries, the meat was seasoned perfectly (small burger) however extremely tasty with cheese + bacon, nom. The fries seemed to be also fresh cut and excellent flavoring especially with ketchup.

Only reason I knocked off a star was the lady at the front who proclaimed to be from Ireland was eating the entire time we were trying to check out. We let these older people go ahead of us and then she started chatting up a storm to them while we waited and then soon as they were done she sat back down and started eating while we were literally staring at her to check out like “hello”, finally we made it out. Other that that Ferguson’s is a gem.

Thanks for checking out Branson Week, Chillin out until next week.

Branson Day 2: Silver Dollar City & White River Fish House

So Silver Dollar city is:Silver Dollar City is a theme park in the US state of Missouri. Opened on May 1, 1960. The park is an 1880s-themed experience that fits Branson’s vision as a family-friendly vacation destination with down-home charm. Silver Dollar City’s operating season runs from mid-March until late December, with the park closed during the months of January and February.

So now you know, I read about this which is why another reason to come visit Branson, and we went when it was hot, I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in the colder months to go back and check it out. Before the park we stopped at a Craft mall right near our hotel which turned out to be a bunch of old people shit and sewn together homemade junk crap. Like Hobby Lobby type crap, but they had a grill in the back so we grubbed lunch.

Pickin Porch Grill (sounds racist) No gluten free bun but fresh stuff and tasted good.

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Branson, Missouri Day 1 and Chateau on the Lake Review

So me Mimi has been recommending hitting up Branson, Missouri forever and I know it’s an older people town but since collecting antiques I thought it would be an excellent idea. Also I found they have the world’s largest toy museum so yes let’s go. First night we drove in from Little Rock which is about a 3 hour drive and stopped at few aniqtue spots (all overpriced) and cruised through the Ozarks. Waterfalls on the side of the road were awesome.

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This is what part of the drive looked like.

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View from our hotel Chateau on the Lake after checking in. (snazzy hotel but shit service, I mean shit service).

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Paninis & Company, LR. New sandwich shop.

Panini’s & Company menu board. Same as Juice store before.

Tasty Gluten Free Review
+gluten free bread (not sure by who)
+gluten free snacks by Dempsey Bakery

So I was going to hit up the Juice shop here and when I got here they it said Paninis & Company so I’m assuming they closed down and remodeled as P&C, however they still do offer juices, shots of booch, etc so it’s still a healthy place to grab juice!

chillin wooden foresty type vibe

The service the first time was real slow for one sandwich and I was the only customer, however the second time I went with full kitchen staff was SUPER fast, even for the smoothies. The bread they use (not sure if it’s Dempsey’s) but when you order a Panini it’s got that grill press marks on it and makes it so darn good. I’ve tried the Pesto Sandwich (which I did not like) and the something + something which actually was amazing and so darn good with a bag of regular chips.

tastyness at Paninis & Company

Go check this place out, right next to Container Store area.

Paninis & Company
207 N University Ave
Ste 210A
Little Rock, AR 72205
paninisandcompany.com

 

MN Week Day 4: Breakfast at the Lowbrow and Flying out

So it was a cool week in Minnesota I have to say, saw some things I haven’t seen and experienced a new culture around Mall of America’s atmosphere. However Mall of America was shit and wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be. The upside was the Zoo & Como Park which made the trip worth it and hanging out with family. If your looking for a vacation and Mall of America is on your list I’d say skip it and go to Galleria in Houston or Dallas, much better mall and A LOT more things to do. Forgot how good Texas has it sometimes. The weather is the only upside of doing things in Minnesota since I love the cold.

The Lowbrow, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Review below:

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Had great reviews, however Lowbrow was a hipster shithole.

Used my trusty yElp app to find the best gluten-free friendly restaurants around. I stumbled upon the Lowbrow as a high rated establishment with brunch, beer, and a wide variety of menu items to chose from. The service itself and a few food items were the reason for 3 stars. Of course they were pretty busy, there seemed like there was no AC. The table didn’t have napkins, had to ask for them. Our waitress seemed like she was having a rough day and kind of treated us like peasants.

It took about 25-30 minutes for our order to come out. Our drinks also remained half empty half the time and no one to refill, or ask to refill. We ordered some deviled eggs appetizer and a Elvis sandwich (gluten-free). Now be warned the gluten free bun is complete garbage (points for having a gf bun). However it falls apart before you can even pick it up. It’s one of the worst gluten-free buns I’ve ever experienced and I’ve tried over 10 different brands. I also got the egg sandwich with sausage, bacon, tomato, and some mayo I believe which was tasty and pretty good but nothing impressive. Our hash browns for both of our orders were completely raw underneath like they forgot to cook them on both sides. After waiting 30 minutes was not about to ask this waitress for new ones. If I lived in the area I’d probably come back, it wasn’t that bad.

Flying Out: Quick layover at STL Airport which is also a shithole. Better then Lowbrow I’m sure of it, however they do have a frozen custard machine which is awesome.

Ted Drewes (only good thing about STL Airport)

That concludes Minnesota Travel week, see ya soon. Chillin.

MN Week Day 3: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Talk about a busy place, here is a little run down of the Como Park Zoo below:

The Como Park zoo and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. The attractions located there include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee is charged for the zoo or conservatory, voluntary donations of $3 per adult and $2 child are suggested.

Walking in to the Como Park you see the Conservatory first

It was a free park to visit! We also went on a Friday I believe so it was so busy and more moms then you could count and probably the most kids and babies I’ve ever seen in my life. This place was pretty epic and cool however with many great things to see and do. They also have MOLDARAMA MACHINES! My favorite.

Pretty impressive entrance for being FREE! Hit Read More.

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